Implementation of Essential Intrapartum and Newborn Care Among Health Care Providers
The Department of Health issued Administrative Order No. 2009-0025 for the nationwide adoption of new policies and protocol on Essential Intrapartum Newborn Care (EINC), an evidence-based systematic intervention for safe and quality maternal and newborn care services to reduce increasing maternal and newborn mortality rate. Adoption of the policy was a challenge to health care providers who were used to the familiar old ways of performing childbirth and newborn care. This study unveiled the health care providers’ reported implementation of the EINC protocol among government birthing facilities in the Province of Bukidnon. There were 236 respondents from 30 government birthing facilities of the 21 municipalities in the province of Bukidnon. A questionnaire was used to determine the level of compliance, and stimulants and barriers in the implementation of EINC among the birth attendants. It was found that the over-all self-reported level of compliance to EINC protocol is high. Compliance levels were discussed stratified in four program parameters as well as stimulus and barriers to the program implementation. Recommendations directed to the health department to address the barriers reported by the implementors.
Keywords - Health programs, Maternal and Child Health, Program Compliance